Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio
Pauly D

Claim to fame: Obsessively coifed hair in the shape of a blow-out mushroom. He's reportedly the highest-paid Jersey Shore cast member, largely because of his side-career as a fist-pumping disc jockey.

Before the Shore: Paul Del Vecchio had cultivated a career as a DJ before landing in Seaside Heights. As a DJ, he's one of the few cast members who possess an actually marketable skill. His disc spinning ability has set him up to capitalize on his recent flat-topped fame.

Side projects: A high-profile (and presumably high-paying) DJ gig as the opening act for Britney Spears. He also has a partnership with SMS Audio, the headphone company headed by rapper 50 Cent; a spin-off show called The Pauly D Project and the Dirty Couture clothing line.

Post-Shore career prospects: He should milk that DJ gig for as long as it lasts, especially since he's already gone through the trouble of emblazoning his decks, ear phones, laptop and other gear with the Italian tri-color.


  @AaronSmithCNN - Last updated October 15 2012 10:52 AM ET
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